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How to Homeschool in California

by Gerald McKoy

In California all children between the ages of 6 and 18 are required to attend public school unless they are exempted. If you want to pursue home education in California you must meet one of the options outlined below.


How to Homeschool in California

There are 4 options available to homeschool in California.


Option 1: Qualify as a Private Homeschool

Under § 48222, a homeschool could qualify as a private school by filing an annual private school affidavit also known as the PSA between October 1 and 15th of each school year.  To get a full walk through in filling out the affidavit click here.


Option 2: Enroll in a PSP 

You could enroll in a private school satellite program which will allow you to "homeschool" through a qualified private school as outlined in option 1.  To find a PSP in your area click here.


Option 3: Hire a Private Tutor

You could hire a certified private tutor to instruct your child.


Option 4: Enroll in an Public School ISP program

You can enroll the child in a public school independent study program.  Under this option, the child must abide by the rules and regulations of the public school.


Additional Followup Questions

Do I need a Teach Qualification?

If you register as a private school or enroll in a private school satellite program then you do not need any teacher qualifications.  Certification is only necessary if the homeschool parent chooses to qualify as a private tutor.

Do I need to Administer Standardized Tests if I qualified as a private school?


Do I need to Administer Standardized Tests if I am an ISP of a public school?

You must abide by the same rules as the public school.  Consequently, if the public school you are a part of requires testing then you must do the testing. 

Reader Comments (1)

“After reading the posts on this blog, I feel like I know a lot more about home school . And based on the number of posts, I see I am not alone. My website, has not been up long, but I would like to refer people back to your website to read the info. Thanks again, Lisa Monroe.”

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Monroe

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